Shed Light on Soil Carbon Projects

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carbon-link-roadshow-rcs-newsletter-croppedWe all know that timed rotational grazing increases soil organic carbon, leading to increased pasture and animal production, greater soil water holding capacity, increased drought resilience and a myriad of other environmental and production benefits.

We now have another reason to manage grazing for soil carbon. The Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI) and the associated Sequestering Carbon in Soil in Grazing Systems methodology allows graziers to earn carbon credits for carbon stored in their soil. Under this methodology, graziers can continue to run livestock within project areas using principles which promote an increase in soil organic carbon.

Conservative estimates of the economic return of a soil carbon project in Central Queensland show that graziers could earn an additional 50% of net profit by implementing a soil carbon project in conjunction with their grazing enterprise. One of the main drivers of the economic returns of a soil carbon project is sequestration rate – increase the rate of carbon stored in the soil, and the returns improve significantly.

Carbon projects are complex beasts and should not be entered into without a thorough understanding of the processes involved. Carbon Link and RCS are running a series of seminars throughout Queensland and New South Wales to shed light on soil carbon projects, what’s involved and how to gain the maximum benefits.

The Soil Carbon Trading Roadshow will delve into topics such as:

  • Real results from current projects
  • Carbon trading and the carbon market
  • What is involved in a soil carbon project
  • What a soil carbon project is worth to farmers
  • Managing the risks
  • How to increase carbon sequestration

Additionally, at the end of each seminar there will be time for a question and answer session with our experts.

Speakers are:

Dr Terry McCosker – Carbon Link and RCS

Terry has been an innovator in grazing industries for almost 50 years. His work in agricultural research has led to many world first achievements, and he is well known for bringing numerous innovations to the grazing industry though his role in RCS. Terry is forging in-roads into the world of carbon trading, paving the way for graziers to realise significant financial gains through soil carbon projects whilst running productive and sustainable grazing enterprises.

Dr David C. Johnson – New Mexico State University

As a research scientist for the New Mexico State University’s Institute of Sustainable Agricultural Research, Dr Johnson’s work includes examining how to best capture atmospheric CO2 and sequester it into the soil in addition to improving agricultural systems. His research into the Biologically Enhanced Agricultural Management (BEAM) approach has shown that a shift to a fungal dominant soil can lead to a dramatic increase in the rate of soil carbon sequestration, in addition to significantly greater biomass production.

The Soil Carbon Trading Roadshow will be visiting the following locations:

Blackwater – 6th December
Biloela – 7th December
Miles – 8th December
Goondiwindi – 9th December
Armidale – 10th December
Gunnedah – 12th December
Dubbo – 13th December
Cowra – 14th December

The roadshow commences at 12:00pm with a light lunch and concludes at 4:00pm. Cost is $55pp including GST, with lunch and afternoon tea included.

For more information, please visit www.carbonlink.com.au or call Carbon Link on (07) 4939 5149.

Article by

Kerrie Sagnol
Project Officer

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